I lived in Denver, Colorado from 2008 until 2012 when I was attending the University of Denver. I completely fell in love with the city. I loved the shopping, the dining, the atmosphere, the people, and, of course, the bevy of activities to do in the area. Last week I returned from another amazing trip to Denver to visit my old stomping grounds and take in the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. (It was fabulous if you have not been)! Anyway, I decided to put together this City Guide of my favorite places to shop, eat, see, and stay if you are planning a trip to Denver anytime soon!


Vintage: Regal Vintage, Boss Vintage Unlimited

Cool: Decade, Midnight Rambler

Boutique: Hailee Grace, A Line Boutique

Luxury: Melrose and Madison 

Luxury Outdoor Mall: Cherry Creek North



{A-Line Boutique, Melrose & Madison Logo, Regal Vintage}


Dinner-Italian: Barolo Grille, Tavernetta

Dinner-Latin/Mexican: Rioja, Marg’s (the Vindaloo Taco is amazing!)

Dinner-Late Night/Light Bites/Tapas: 9th Door, Cho 77

Dinner-Sushi: Matsuhisa

Dinner-Casual/Fun: Max’s Gil & Grill (great crawfish + sangria)

Breakfast: Snooze, Breakfast on Broadway

Ice Cream: Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, Little Man Ice Cream

Tea: Brown Palace Hotel, Denver Tea Room

Steak: Elway’s

Views: Departure Restaurant + Lounge, The Fort

Hotel bar: Social Fare, Cooper Lounge



{The 9th Door, Elway’s, Cho 77}


See: University of Denver, Red Rocks

Take in Music: Red Rocks, Fiddler’s Green, Grizzly Rose, Marquis

Hike: Rocky Mountain National Park, Mills Lake, Ouzel Falls

Camp: Estes Park, A-Basin

For Kids: Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, Denver Aquarium

Museum: Denver Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit)

Park: Wash Park



{Denver Aquarium, Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks Amphitheater}


Elegant: JW Marriott (Cherry Creek)The Brown Palace

Cool: Magnolia, The Crawford Hotel

Quaint: Castle Marne, Patterson Historic Inn

Rent: AirBnB



{The Crawford Hotel, JW Marriott-Cherry Creek, Patterson Historic Inn}

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